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Police Report for Oct. 27, 2010

Two men sought in Bethune robbery

Posted: October 26, 2010 3:00 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is seeking the whereabouts of two men who allegedly robbed a Bethune couple in their home Saturday night.

According to a KCSO report, a 58-year-old Bethune Road man and his 57-year-old wife called 911 saying they had just been robbed. At the scene, the couple told deputies someone pulled up in their backyard and blew the horn several times. When the husband opened the back door, one of the suspects stuck what the man believes was a 9mm gun to his head and said “Where is it?” He said the two suspects pushed him back into the house and the second suspect put a revolver to his wife’s head and asked again where “it” was.

The victim said he knew one of the suspects as “T” from having bought cocaine from him in the past. The couple said the suspects took a house phone and cell phone. The husband said they went through his wife’s pocketbook, but didn’t take anything. He said they left in what he believed was an older model Oldsmobile and a dark-colored Lexus.

The husband called deputies back the next day and said that before the robbery, someone called their home while he was at the store. He said his wife spoke to the person, who claimed he was his friend and needed directions to their home. She provided them. The man said he later called the person back and “had words” with the caller.

Anyone with information about Saturday’s robbery is asked to call KCSO investigators at 425-1512.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 18-24:

A 23-year-old Elgin man who was caught speeding on Cherokee Boulevard was arrested on multiple charges. Deputies reported seeing the man driving at 100 mph and the suspect failed to stop when they activated their blue lights. The suspect tried to turn on Tookie Doo Avenue, but missed the turn and pulled off the side of the road in front of a shop. When approached, the man said he did not have his driver’s license and gave what turned out to be a false name. While deputies were running the information, the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled. A foot chase ensued in some woods near what appeared to be the suspect’s home. As deputies approached the front door, they heard noise in the woods. KCSO and Richland County deputies found the suspect on the ground. Deputies handcuffed the man and searched him, turning  up 1 gram of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana, driving under suspension (third offense), reckless driving and giving false information to police.

A 17-year-old male high school student and a fellow juvenile student were arrested after a teacher discovered they were trying to sell drugs in class. As an assistant principal searched the younger student’s backpack and pulled out a Latin vocabulary book, a white powdery substance flew from all the pages onto the carpet. It later tested positively as cocaine. The older student and his belongings were then searched and the assistant principal found a white-colored pill in his pants pocket. The student immediately claimed it was not his, but identified it as Vicodin. The younger student was released to his mother and will be charged in family court with possession of cocaine. The older student is being charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A 14-year-old Elgin boy may be petitioned to family court after allegedly entering a Silicate Way home and stealing things for the second time in two months. The boy’s mother called deputies to the home and then explained that her son had skipped school. While speaking to them, the deputy was informed by dispatchers that a woman living nearby wanted to report a burglary. The boy admitted he had gone into the home, played video games and watched TV and then stolen a wireless video game controller. The victim said the boy had broken in to her home once before. According to a Sept. 8 report, someone entered the home through a bedroom window and took her son’s Social Security card, an iPod and stack of old credit cards.

A Ridgeway man and another family member said they were outside their Longtown Road property when they heard noises coming from inside the vacant residence. They said they retrieved a shotgun and went to investigate. Although they couldn’t see anyone, they could hear someone running through the woods and noticed someone had removed some of the home’s aluminum siding. A neighbor reported seeing two men run out of the woods and then picked up by a white Chevy pickup which traveled toward Fairfield County.

A woman living on Ridgeway Road in Lugoff said a man driving a blue car entered her driveway around 1 p.m. Oct. 21, got out and took a picture of her home. She said he refused to tell her why he was taking the picture but then gave her a letter which contained a piece of paper saying “Urgent! Please contact us immediately.” When her husband called the number it turned out to be for a porn service.

Deputies are looking for a 20-year-old Camden man who allegedly kicked and struck his live-in girlfriend in the head several times during an argument. He also allegedly threatened her with a knife and accidentally struck their young child in the leg while trying to hit her. The victim said she left the next morning. She also said the incident came about as a result of another girl calling his phone.

A 16-year-old male high school student and a 14-year-old female student were caught with pornographic pictures of themselves and other students on their cell phones. It appeared the two had “sexted” each other or sent nude photographs of themselves to each other. It could not be determined who else had been photographed.

Someone entered a Progress Energy location on Goff Lane in Elgin and stole approximately 100 feet of copper wire. A company representative said the suspects must have had a key because there was no damage to the fence around the property, which could not have been climbed due to barbed wire.

A New York City, N.Y., woman said her 2007 Chrysler Town & Country she parked at a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, convenience store was stolen while she went to a nearby drinking establishment.

Someone broke out a rear sliding glass door at a Rustic Lane, Lugoff, residence and stole a video game console, 60 games, a jewelry box with assorted jewelry and several articles of clothing.

Someone entered a U.S. 601, Lugoff, residence that is not always locked and stole $4,000 from a Mason jar in a freezer and an additional five $100 bills from an envelope in a tin case.

Someone kicked in a door to a Carter Street, Camden, home and appeared to have watched TV and eaten some food. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.

An Elgin man said two men working in his garage, whose full names he did not know, stole $1,400 from a drawer in an office attached to the garage.

Deputies found a purple and green Ford Crown Victoria that had been stolen out of Charlotte, N.C., behind an Oak Drive, Kershaw, residence.

Someone broke into a shed on Antioch Road near Camden and stole a 26-inch cut riding lawn mower, push trimmer and weed trimmer.

An 18-year-old male detainee at the Kershaw County Detention Center allegedly struck a 17-year-old detainee in the eye.

An Elgin man said his son and another man broke into his shed and took a chain saw and battery-powered drill.

Someone stole a grey 2008 Acura that was parked at Laurens Street Ext., Camden, rental property.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 12 vandalism; nine larceny and simple assault; seven harassing or obscene phone call; five intimidation; four burglary; three swindle; two bad check, forgery, incorrigible, public disorderly conduct, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing; and one aggravated assault, attempted suicide, death, driving under suspension, missing person, possession of drug paraphernalia, runaway and simple possession of marijuana.

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Two men were arrested by Camden police officers on Doby Street following a disturbance.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, one of the suspects, a 41-year-old living at the incident location, was found to be causing a disturbance. A group of people was there when officers arrived and split up when officers exited their patrol car. The suspect was seen stumbling and bleeding from his head and face, being loud and using profanity. He also smelled of alcohol. He claimed he’d fallen and that no one hit him.

Officers then spoke to others in the area and then determined they wanted to talk to another, 30-year-old, man who was walking behind a Railroad Avenue residence. When officers tried to approach the second man, he ran but was later stopped and arrested. He was said to be intoxicated as well and claimed he ran because he believed there were outstanding warrants against him. He was charged with public disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The first man continued to be boisterous and was arrested as well. A search of his person turned up a homemade crack cocaine pipe. He was taken to the hospital, treated for his injuries and taken to jail.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 18-24:

The Kershaw County Alcohol Enforcement Team, which includes members of the CPD, charged convenience stores on West DeKalb Street and Sumter Highway with selling beer to minors following an undercover agent’s purchase of alcohol at both locations.

A 36-year-old Camden man was arrested on a second offense of criminal domestic violence after allegedly choking his common-law wife during a fight.

Someone entered a Lakeshore Drive home through an unlocked rear door and stole a desktop computer.

Someone entered a vacant rental property on Gardner Street and stole a refrigerator and stove.

Someone broke into a Market Street residence and steal a 47-inch flat screen TV.

Someone shoplifted a desktop computer from a West DeKalb Street store.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four breach of trust involving school district laptops not returned by students, larceny and malicious injury to property; two counterfeiting/forgery and vandalism; and one communicating threats, driving under the influence, loitering, open container, public disorderly conduct and simple possession of marijuana.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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